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Guinness World Records/GRG Table C List

This is the official list of people who are believed to have held the title "World's oldest person."

Name Birth Age Country Reign
Betsy Baker 20 Aug 1842 ? – 113 UK Flag UK USA FlagUSA N/A – 24 Oct 1955
Rosalia Spoto 25 Aug 1847 108 – 109 ITA Flag ITA 24 Oct 1955 – 20 Feb 1957
Christina Backs-Karnebeek 2 Oct 1849 107 – 110 NED FlagNED 20 Feb 1957 – 7 Oct 1959
Marie Olsen 1 May 1850 109 NOR FlagNOR 7 Oct 1959 – 24 Nov 1959
Mary Kelly 7 Jun 1851 108 – 113 USA FlagUSA 24 Nov 1959 – 30 Dec 1964
Elizabeth Kensley 12 May 1855 109 UK Flag UK 30 Dec 1964 – 6 Mar 1965
William Fullingim 7 Jul 1855[1] 109 – 110 USA FlagUSA 6 Mar 1965 – 6 Aug 1965
Hannah Smith 7 Jan 1856 109 – 110 UK Flag UK 6 Aug 1965 – 10 Jan 1966
John Mosely Turner 15 Jun 1856 109 – 111 UK Flag UK 10 Jan 1966 – 21 Mar 1968
Johanna Booysen 17 Jan 1857 111 ZAF FlagZAF 21 Mar 1968 – 16 Jun 1968
Marie Bernatkova 22 Oct 1857 110 – 111 CZE FlagCZE 16 Jun 1968 – 4 May 1969
Ada Roe 6 Feb 1858 111 UK Flag UK 4 May 1969 – 11 Jan 1970
Josefa Salas Mateo 14 Jul 1860 109 – 112 ESP FlagESP 11 Jan 1970 – 27 Feb 1973
Alice Stevenson 10 Jul 1861 111 – 112 UK Flag UK 27 Feb 1973 – 18 Aug 1973
Elizabeth Watkins 10 Mar 1863 110 UK Flag UK 18 Aug 1973 – 31 Oct 1973
Mito Umeta 27 Mar 1863 110 – 112 JAP FlagJPN 31 Oct 1973 – 31 May 1975
Niwa Kawamoto 5 Aug 1863 111 – 113 JAP FlagJPN 31 May 1975 – 16 Nov 1976
Sophia DeMuth [2] 30 Jun 1866 110 – 111 USA FlagUSA 16 Nov 1976 – 2 Dec 1977
Marie-Virginie Duhem 2 Aug 1866 111 FRA FlagFRA 2 Dec 1977 – 25 Apr 1978
Fannie Thomas 14 Apr 1867 111 – 113 USA FlagUSA 25 Apr 1978 – 22 Jan 1981
Augustine Tessier 2 Jan 1869 112 FRA FlagFRA 22 Jan 1981 – 8 Mar 1981
Nellie Spencer 24 Aug 1869 111 – 113 USA FlagUSA 8 Mar 1981 – 13 Nov 1982
Emma Wilson 12 May 1870 112 – 113 USA FlagUSA 13 Nov 1982 – 13 Oct 1983
Mathew Beard [3] 9 Jul 1870 113 – 114 USA FlagUSA 13 Oct 1983 – 16 Feb 1985
Augusta Holtz 3 Aug 1871 113 – 115 POL FlagPOLUSA FlagUSA 16 Feb 1985 – 21 Oct 1986
Mary McKinney 30 May 1873 113 USA FlagUSA 21 Oct 1986 – 2 Feb 1987
Anna Eliza Williams 2 Jun 1873 113 – 114 UK Flag UK 2 Feb 1987 – 27 Dec 1987
Florence Knapp 10 Oct 1873 114 USA FlagUSA 27 Dec 1987 – 11 Jan 1988
Jeanne Calment [4] 21 Feb 1875 112 – 122 FRA FlagFRA 11 Jan 1988 – 4 Aug 1997
Marie-Louise Meilleur 29 Aug 1880 116 – 117 CAN FlagCAN 4 Aug 1997 – 16 Apr 1998
Sarah Knauss 24 Sep 1880 117 – 119 USA FlagUSA 16 Apr 1998 – 30 Dec 1999
Eva Morris 8 Nov 1885 114 UK Flag UK 30 Dec 1999 – 2 Nov 2000
Marie Bremont 25 Apr 1886 114 – 115 FRA FlagFRA 2 Nov 2000 – 6 Jun 2001
Maud Farris-Luse 21 Jan 1887 114 – 115 USA FlagUSA 6 Jun 2001 – 18 Mar 2002
Grace Clawson [5] 15 Nov 1887 114 USA FlagUSA 18 Mar 2002 – 28 May 2002
Adelina Domingues 19 Feb 1888 114 CPV FlagCPVUSA FlagUSA 28 May 2002 – 21 Aug 2002
Mae Harrington 20 Jan 1889 113 USA FlagUSA 21 Aug 2002 – 29 Dec 2002
Yukichi Chuganji 23 Mar 1889 113 – 114 JAP FlagJPN 29 Dec 2002 – 28 Sep 2003
Mitoyo Kawate 15 May 1889 114 JAP FlagJPN 28 Sep 2003 – 13 Nov 2003
Ramona Trinidad Iglesias-Jordan[6] 31 Aug 1889 114 PRI FlagPRI ,USA FlagUSA 13 Nov 2003 – 29 May 2004
Maria Capovilla [7] 14 Sep 1889 114 – 116 ECU FlagECU 29 May 2004 – 27 Aug 2006
Elizabeth Bolden 15 Aug 1890 116 USA FlagUSA 27 Aug 2006 – 11 Dec 2006
Emiliano Mercado del Toro 21 Aug 1891 115 PRI FlagPRI ,USA FlagUSA 11 Dec 2006 – 24 Jan 2007
Emma Tillman 22 Nov 1892 114 USA FlagUSA 24 Jan 2007 – 28 Jan 2007
Yone Minagawa 4 Jan 1893 114 JAP FlagJPN 28 Jan 2007 – 13 Aug 2007
Edna Parker 20 Apr 1893 114 – 115 USA FlagUSA 13 Aug 2007 – 26 Nov 2008
Maria de Jesus 10 Sep 1893 115 POR FlagPOR 26 Nov 2008 – 2 Jan 2009
Gertrude Baines 6 Apr 1894 114 – 115 USA FlagUSA 2 Jan 2009 – 11 Sep 2009
Kama Chinen 10 May 1895 114 JAP FlagJPN 11 Sep 2009 – 2 May 2010
Eugenie Blanchard 16 Feb 1896 114 FRA FlagBLM, FRA 2 May 2010 – 4 Nov 2010
Maria Gomes Valentim [8] 9 Jul 1896 114 BRA FlagBRA 4 Nov 2010 – 21 Jun 2011
Besse Cooper 26 Aug 1896 114 – 116 USA FlagUSA 21 Jun 2011 – 4 Dec 2012
Dina Manfredini 4 Apr 1897 115 ITA Flag ITAUSA FlagUSA 4 Dec 2012 – 17 Dec 2012
Jiroemon Kimura 19 Apr 1897 115 – 116 JAP FlagJPN 17 Dec 2012 – 12 Jun 2013
Misao Okawa 5 Mar 1898 115 – 117 JAP FlagJPN 12 Jun 2013 – 1 Apr 2015
Gertrude Weaver 4 Jul 1898 116 USA FlagUSA 1 Apr 2015 – 6 Apr 2015
Jeralean Talley 23 May 1899 115 – 116 USA FlagUSA 6 Apr 2015 – 17 Jun 2015
Susannah Mushatt Jones 6 Jul 1899 115 – 116 USA FlagUSA 17 Jun 2015 – 12 May 2016
Emma Morano 29 Nov 1899 116* ITA Flag ITA 12 May 2016 – Present

Notes (from Table C)

  1. William Fullingim was possibly born in 1854, according to the 1860 and 1900 censuses. He claimed birth in 1855, which was backed by the 1870 census and the SSDI records.
  2. Chris Law: Support for the Shigechiyo Izumi claim from Japan (June 29, 1865?-February 21, 1986) was withdrawn by Guinness World Records, effective Sept. 14, 2010.
  3. Chris Law: The Mathew Beard case was accepted by the SSA study as age 114, based on an early census match to SS-5 records. The circumstantial census match was not unequivocal, thus he is not on the "skeptics list." Mr. Beard claimed to be 116.
  4. Chris Law: Guinness World Records support for the Carrie White claim (Nov 18 1874?-Feb 14 1991), initially accepted in 1989, withdrawn in 2012, effective Sept 13.
  5. Chris Law: Guinness World Records support for the Kamato Hongo claim (Sept 16 1887?-Oct 31 2003), initially accepted in 2002, withdrawn in 2012, effective Sept 13.
  6. Chris Law: Documents for Ramona Trinidad Iglesias-Jordan were not submitted and accepted until Mar. 20, 2004. Charlotte Benkner (born Nov 16 1889 in Germany; lived in the US) held the title in the interim. Benkner died May 15, 2004.
  7. Chris Law: Documents for Maria Capovilla not submitted until Aug 27, 2005; her case was officially accepted by GWR on Dec. 9, 2005. Interim titleholders were Hendrikje Van Andel-Schipper of the Netherlands (June 29 1890-Aug 30 2005) and Elizabeth Bolden of the United States (Aug 15 1890-Dec 11 2006). Bolden would re-gain her title in late 2006.
  8. Chris Law: Documents for Maria Gomes Valentim not submitted until May 9, 2011, and her case was officially accepted by GWR on May 18, 2011. Interim titleholders were Eunice Sanborn of the U.S. (July 20 1896-Jan 31 2011) and Besse Cooper of the US (born Aug 26 1896). Besse Cooper would regain the title a month later.

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